Overnight in the Budawangs

Overnight in the Budawangs
Amazing landscapeCamping in cavesWildlife (Echnidas, Wombats, Wallabies, Wedge-Tailed Eagles)
5.0MICROADVENTURE RATING

The Budawang National Park (and neighbouring Morton National Park) are some of the most stunning and untouched areas around. Both parks cover an area of more than 2300 square kms and offer a magnitude of hikes from a relaxing day hike to multi day treks.

I’d mentioned to a friend that I was keen to do some more hikes in the area he suggested the Corang Peek hike and said we could continue on and camp in some caves for the night… every part of that sounded perfect so a few weeks later for of us packed up one Friday night and set off early on Saturday morning.

The hike begins at the Wog Wog camp ground on Chariles Forest Road, about 20kms from the town of Nerriga, all up around 3.5 hours south from Sydney. We set off under cloudy skies and light rain through open eucalyptus forest slowly climbing up until we reached the fairly open plateau, by now the clouds had cleared and the sun was out as we crossed the Budawang range with amazing views of The Castle and Pigeon House Mountain to the east.

After climbing up and over Corang Peak we stopped at the arch for a rest and some lunch before descending down to Canwoie brook and enjoying the last 2 km of the walk to the cliff line ahead where we would camp for the night.

The rest of the afternoon was spent sitting on the edge of the cliffs above the tree line chatting, laughing and pondering life while rays of light danced across the little valley and the sun slowly descended into the western sky.

Somewhat surprisingly, we all had a very good night’s sleep and we woke to the sounds of Currawongs in the trees and the entire area shrouded in fog. I couldn’t help myself and went down into the valley to get amongst it, nature changes when its foggy, everything is quieter and so peaceful.

As we were finishing breakfast and packing up the fog lifted and we set off back along the trail we came in on but as we reached Canwoie brook again we headed north and followed it upstream to the junction of the Corang river as an ‘alternate route’ back to the car.

The better part of the walk to the junction was slow going as there was no real track, the reward for our efforts and all the scratches was the amazing rock columns and the waterfalls…. A perfect place to stop for lunch.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent on an easy to navigate trail back to the camp ground and the car, with the sun slowly setting it was the perfect end to an overnight trip with good friends.

On the drive back to civilization we were talking about how the overnight trip felt longer, it felt like we had been gone for 2 or 3 more days than we had. Time spent in the bush is always time well spent regardless of how long it is. That’s why I love camping, being disconnected from the drone of everyday life cleanses a weary soul.

Essential gear required:

  • Hiking pack/camping supplies
  • Food/water/camp stove
  • Sleeping bag and ground mat
  • Good hiking boots
  • Map
  • Beacon/first aid kit
  • Flask

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Photography

Skill level

Intermediate

Distance/Elevation

About 25kms with a 700m elevation gain